One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28 North Adams Elementary recognizes Students and Staff Members of the Month for December Honoring a coaching legend Benefit will assist double-lung transplant patient Peebles to be featured in new documentary Cleaning the stables-the worst job on the farm Wenstrup reselected to serve on House Intelligence Committee Venture Hawks and Sheriff’s Department square off on Feb. 12 Cecil R Dupree Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week Star Wars costume exhibition coming to Museum Center

Green Devils get another SHAC win, knocking off Manchester 52-39

An all-county battle in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference came to Manchester High School on Tuesday, Feb. 2 as the Greyhounds played host to the North Adams Green Devils. The two teams were seemingly off in different directions as the Hounds were just looking to pick up another win to find some kind of tournament momentum, while the Devils needed the “W” to keep their SHAC championship hopes alive, trailing Fayetteville by one game in the small school division standings.

Though it was not the prettiest of efforts at time, the Green Devils got what they came to town needing, as three players in double figures, led by Trey Meade’s 17 points, helped the visitors knock off the Hounds by a final count of 52-39.

“It’s always good to get a win, especially after losing two close ones where we didn’t finish things out too well,” said North Adams head coach Nathan Copas. “We had a little bit of a slow start tonight, but getting back in the ‘W’ column always helps heading into the tournament.”

“We had to play some man to man on defense tonight, but eventually switched back to our zone and contained their shooters, which worked out for us.”

Some personnel changes have forced the Greyhounds to revise their offensive strategy and it worked to perfection on Tuesday night, at least for their first two possessions, when they got three-point goals from Sean Frost and Jamie Combs to race to a 6-0 lead. The Hounds increased that lead to 9-2, forcing Coach Copas to burn a timeout at the 3:25 mark of the first period. After the timeout, the Devils got two Trey Meade free throws and a Patrick England trey, but a bucket by Manchester’s Rickey DeAtley left the home team with a 13-7 advantage after eight minutes of play.

The Hounds increased their lead with a Colton Thornburg basket on their first possession of the second quarter, but the Devils responded with five straight to draw within 15-12. After a jumper in the lane from Justin Aldridge gave the Hounds a five-point lead, the visiting Devils decided to take control. Beginning with a basket inside from Meade, the Devils finished the first half on a 12-0 run, fueled by back-to back three point plays from Brandon Gingerich and Ryan Shupert. When halftime arrived, the total complexion of the game had changed as North Adams had turned the deficit into a 24-17 lead.

Early in the third quarter, the Hounds showed some more life when a Thornburg three-pointer brought them back to within 26-22, but that just proceeded another North Adams spurt as the Devils reeled off seven straight, including three-pointers from Meade and Shupert. Now down 33-22, Manchester head coach Kyle Pertuset called a timeout to stop the bleeding, but by the third quarter’s end, the Devils still held a double digit lead at 33-22.

To maintain their advantage, the Devils used the free tosses at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter, hitting 11 of 14 attempts, including 5 of 6 from Anderson and 5 of 7 from Gingerich. Throw in an old-fashioned three-point play from Trey Meade and the Green Devils had claimed the conference win, downing the Hounds 52-39.

Three Green Devils hit double figures in the win, led by Trey Meade’s 17 points. Isaiah Anderson added 13 and Brandon Gingerich 11 for the winners. North Adams (11-7, 8-3 SHAC) was 19 for 24 in the game from the foul line.

“Trey is starting to see a lot more double teams so it’s big for him to make those reads and find other guys who need to be in motion,” said Coach Copas. “We have to make them pay for the double team. Somebody is going to be open and one or two passes can give us a layup or a wide open look.”

In the loss, Manchester (5-13, 3-7 SHAC) was paced by 12 points from Colton Thornburg, 9 from Sean Frost, and 5 from Kaulen Cox.

Both teams will be back on the hardwood and on the road Friday night, Feb. 5, as the regular season draws closer to its conclusion, the Devils traveling to Whiteoak and the Greyhounds going to Eastern Brown. Both of those events are triple headers for fans, with freshman, JV, and varsity contests scheduled.

NAHS 7 17 11 17 —52

MHS 13 4 7 15 —39

NAHS (52): Anderson 4 5-6 13, England 1 0-0 3, Shupert 2 1-1 6, Knechtly 1 0-0 2, Gingerich 2 7-10 11, T. Meade 5 6-7 17, Team 15 19-24 52.

MHS (39): Combs 1 0-0 3, Aldridge 1 2-4 4, Frost 3 2-3 9, DeAtley 1 0-0 2, Thornburg 5 1-2 12, Young 2 0-0 4, Cox 2 0-1 5, Team 15 5-10 39.

Three-Point Goals:

NAHS- England 1, Shupert 1, T, Meade 1

MHS- Frost 1, Combs 1, Thornburg 1, Cox 1

North Adams’ Ryan Shupert (14) goes right over Manchester defender Kaulen Cox during second quarter action from Tuesday night’s varsity game. Shupert actually hit the shot on this play and was fouled, converting the free throw for the three-point play as the Devils knocked off the Hounds 52-39.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Shupert-Cox.jpgNorth Adams’ Ryan Shupert (14) goes right over Manchester defender Kaulen Cox during second quarter action from Tuesday night’s varsity game. Shupert actually hit the shot on this play and was fouled, converting the free throw for the three-point play as the Devils knocked off the Hounds 52-39. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

North Adams point guard Isaiah Anderson penetrates into the lane surrounded by Manchester defenders during varsity action from Feb. 2. Anderson scored 13 points in the 52-39 win for the Green Devils.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Anderson.jpgNorth Adams point guard Isaiah Anderson penetrates into the lane surrounded by Manchester defenders during varsity action from Feb. 2. Anderson scored 13 points in the 52-39 win for the Green Devils. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Three in double figures lead North Adams

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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